Short circuit triggers fire, 8 vehicles, six shops gutted

Short circuit triggers fire, 8 vehicles, six shops gutted

Eight vehicles and six tea stalls were burnt in a fire that also triggered four cylinder blasts at north-west Delhi’s Keshav Puram on Tuesday.

It caused panic in the vicinity, but no person was injured, said Delhi Fire Services.

The fire broke out at 4.40 pm at Lawrence Road G-block in Keshav Puram Industrial Area.
Two fire tenders were sent to the spot and the fire was doused by 5.20 pm.

“Six tea stalls, three motorcycles, three scooters, one autorickshaw and a Maruti car were burnt in the fire,” said a DFS officer.

While the fire spread, explosions were also reported from two big and two small cylinders.
The reason of the fire was apparently a short circuit in a BSES transformer, but the exact cause is yet to be ascertained.

“It is suspected that dry grass near the transformer caught fire and the blaze spread to the vehicles,” said a police officer.

Locals tried to douse the fire with mud, and approached the fire department after they failed to extinguish it.

The area was also congested due to which the fire tenders found it difficult to reach the spot.

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